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22 January 2020

Collaboration with MNAC

The students of the EINA Design in Degree have made proposals of family activities for the Education Department of the Museu Nacional d'Art de Catalunya (MNAC).

The 3rd year students of the Design Degree, of the subject Space Projects conducted by Anna Alcubierre, presented their projects last January 20th at the MNAC before a commission of the museum formed by representatives of different departments, which will make an evaluation and will assess the possibility of carrying them out.

Collaboration EINA - MNAC
16 January 2020

Exhibition "Lighting elements"

  • From 15 to 22 January
  • EINA (Passeig Santa Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)

The exhibition "Lighting Elements" brings together the set of lamps developed by students of 4th course of the Degree in Design, from the subject of Domestic Equipment, led by Francesc Crous. The projects are distributed in different points of EINA.

For the development of the projects, EINA students have visited several companies and institutions to capture different views of the sector, discover new industrial processes and understand several strategic directions.

Later, each student has managed his project with suppliers, craftsmen or industrialists, and has made use of those external resources that he has believed more convenient.

The exhibited prototypes are part of an exercise that includes photography and art direction, and that concludes with the election of a specific location for each product in the EINA equipment and the correct installation of it.

The following students are participating in the exhibition "Lighting Elements":
Ester Álvarez, David Aranzana, Aina Arbiol, Bruno Blay, Jordi Bruna, Idoia Costa, Maria de Aran Escudero, Llibert Ferrer, Luis Gimeno, David Molinero, Camila Pérez, Adrià Tejedor, Ignasi Vidal.

Exhibition "Lighting elements" - EINA
15 January 2020

Immediate Seminar. Art + Objects by Graham Harman: art is not knowledge

  • Classroom E1 EINA, Barcelona
  • 28 January 2020, from 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Open to the public
  • To request attendance certificates, please email: tcosta@eina.cat

"Immediate Seminar" is part of the Doctoral Programme of the Faculty of Philosophy of the Autonomous University of Barcelona.

The recent publication of Art + Object is not just relevant for being the first book that Graham Harman has devoted entirely to the detailed study of the relationships between Object-Oriented Ontology (OOO) and art, but also because it offers an attentive, original and polemic reading of essential texts of twentieth-century art criticism such as "Art and Objecthood" by Michael Fried and "Avantgarde and Kitsch" by Clement Greenberg.

The aim of the seminar is to share in the now of the book’s publication and start the discussion from the immediacy of the first reading.


  • Judit Colomer. Dramatized Fried: observer+performer of the aesthetics of OOO.
  • Oriol Fontdevila. Relational Greenberg: challenges of a new object to art theory.
  • Octavi Rofes. Animist Ortega: the allusive beauty of OOO.

Recommended reading for participants: the book Art+Objects by Graham Harman.

15 January 2020

"RASCAINFIERNOS": sample of projects from the workshop on minimum interiors

  • Exhibition from 14 January to 24 February
  • EINA Hall (Passeig Santa Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)

"RASCAINFIERNOS" brings together the models of the workshop on minimum interiors made by the students of the 3rd course of the Degree in Design of the subject User and Interaction, of the mention of Design of Spaces, tutored by Albert Crispi.

This workshop seeks to practice unusual solutions to solve an interior distribution of non-standard proportions and conditions, thus pushing to seek strategies beyond the usual solution in plant and working especially the section and interior heights.

The workshop consists of the construction of a 1/20 scale model of a volume 6m wide, 6m deep and 15m high that is completely buried, leaving the upper part of the volume as the only entrance for natural light.

Within this volume, the distribution of a living-dining room, kitchen, a bedroom, a studio and a bathroom has been made. The pieces have been distributed based on platforms, accompanied by staircases, which are placed inside the volume in such a way that the entire interior can be covered, linking up its spaces. Access to the volume is made from the top.

The list of participating students has been: Albert Alcoberro, Natàlia Brustenga, Núria Carrascal, Alba Casas, Maria del Mar Disbrey, Ariadna Esteve, Antoni Grabulosa, Oumaima Harrak, Eudald Jubany, Marina Marques, Anna Mas, Lia Mizrahi, Clàudia Navio, Aura Olivan, Noelia Otero, Júlia Piñana, Oriol Pinell, Paula Roca, Núria Roca, Sofiya Ryabokon , Laia Salvador, Marina Salvador, Judit Simó, Carla Soler, Irene Terron, Mireia Valls, Àlex Vila, Yingxin Zhu.

"RASCAINFIERNOS": sample of projects from the workshop on minimum interiors
13 January 2020

Exhibition "Number Zero. Building a magazine"

  • Opening: Thursday 23 January at 7pm
  • Exhibition: until 30 January. From Monday to Saturday, from 4pm to 8pm
  • EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre (Barra de Ferro, 2, Barcelona)

The opening of the exhibition will include a lecture by Natàlia Pàmies, alumni of Degree in Design, who will talk about the SOROR project, her Final Degree Project which was awarded a Laus Student and a Laus Aporta in 2018.

Creating a magazine involves going through different phases from initial conceptualization to final production. With resources such as typography, art direction and composition, a unique formula is arrived at, conceived and tailored to a specific theme.

EINA's graphic students have developed a magazine in an individual way, acquiring the role of the designer and the editor, two figures of the editorial world that work together with the intention that message and media, content and continent are as linked as possible. Under their own character and identity, stories and facts are narrated to entertain the reader and hook him or her to the implicit periodicity of this medium. The result of the work carried out is the Number Zero, an almost final prototype of the publication that is always produced before it is put on sale.

The list of students participating in the exhibition is as follows

Degree in Design:
Natàlia Lin Blay, Sara Boschin, Andrea Cabestany, Raquel Fabrellas, Guillem García, Akira Kamata, Marina Mas, Clara Moral, Aina Orduña, Rita Pons, Lidia Puig, Anna Rovira.

Master in Graphic Design:
Nele Kempenaers, Raquel Palomar, Kenzie Yoshimura, Ander Zanguitu.

Exhibition "Number Zero. Building a magazine"
10 January 2020

Talk by Marta Borrell, creative director at Penguin Random House Editorial Group

  • January 13th at 5pm
  • EINA's Assembly Hall (Passeig Santa Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)
  • Open to all publics

Marta Borrell, creative director of Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial, will talk about her professional experience in general and in particular about the art direction and illustration commissions in a talk within the framework of Post-Graduate Program in Creative Illustration and Visual Communication Techniques.

Marta Borrell is creative director at Penguin Random House Editorial Group where she started her publishing career in 1995. With a wide training in graphic design, corporate identity, book design, publishing stamps and business management in both Elisava and Esade, she maintains her training at the University of Bertelsmann at a continuous level of leadership, communication and organization.

She currently leads the group's design and editorial services team in Spain and Latin America, with the responsibility of maintaining the DNA and personality of each stamp and of being a pioneer in design and image within the publishing world.

Penguin Random House Grupo Editorial
9 January 2020

Training Capsules 2019/2020 course

Alumni EINA is organising the following Training Capsules, open to the general public, for the forthcoming semester (Standard fee: € 60 / Fee for Alumni members and EINA students: € 20):

  • How to set up a design studio from scratch - Gemma Terol
  • Analogue development of negatives - Paula Coderch
  • Analogue photography enlargement - Paula Coderch
  • Experimentation with materials as a design process - Lorena Miguel
  • Introduction to silk-screen printing - Javi Fernández
  • Lettering - Ivan Castro

How to set up a design studio from scratch

In this capsule, students will learn what steps they need to take to set up their own design studio, what types of structure can be created and what the minimum essential resources are:

  • Types of companies that exist, pros and cons of each one.
  • Bureaucratic steps to be taken to create each company type.
  • Team structures and roles.
  • External staff required.
  • A few tips and methods for finding clients.
  • Types of documents that help manage numbers.
  • Billing programs and time management.
  • "Romantic" mistakes to avoid.
  • Pros and cons of working for yourself.

Gemma Terol graduated in Graphic Design from EINA in 2001. She has worked as a designer ever since then: half a life. Her first job was Publications Manager at EINA, after which she became a freelance designer for the Carme Vives Studio, and in 2006 she became Art Director for a small publisher. Later, after spending some time as a freelancer for the Publicis agency and a number of small design studios, she became part of Concept Soul, the advertising division of the BPMO communication group. In 2010, she began her first personal project with two partners when she created the theroomrooms’ studio. In early 2019, after winding up theroomrooms’, she set out on a new professional project, MMMM studio, a studio that is emerging from her professional maturity, with a more experimental and personal focus.

How to set up a design studio from scratch

Analogue development of negatives

In this workshop, students will learn how to develop their own rolls of black and white photographs. They will see the products used in developing, the equipment that is required, where they can buy them, how to handle and prepare liquids and how to store them adequately. Developing is an interesting process as it is the moment when we see the emergence of the photographs that we have taken, when we discover whether the photograph we had in our minds is the same as the result or not. It is the moment when the materiality of the negative becomes present and a good time in which to experiment.

Paula Coderch is a designer, a former EINA student, whose work is a balance of graphic design, photography, creative direction and publishing, and who works with projects with a purpose, that have something to say, that inspire both others and herself.

Analogue development of negatives

Analogue photography enlargement

In this workshop, students will learn how to make copies on photographic paper from the negatives provided by the participants. They will see the equipment that is needed and its characteristics, the suitable work environment for carrying out printing, and the liquids that are used and how to handle them. They will develop a contact sheet and learn the role of masks and contrast filters. Printing, the final stage to complete the analogue photography cycle, allows us to experiment and completely change the narrative of the negative, depending on the parameters that are used: contrasting only part of the image, cropping to give part of the negative greater importance, superimposing two negatives, doing rayograms, etc.

Paula Coderch is a designer, a former EINA student, whose work is a balance of graphic design, photography, creative direction and publishing, and who works with projects with a purpose, that have something to say, that inspire both others and herself.

Analogue photography enlargement

Experimentation with materials as a design process

Introduction to techniques with materials such as resins, rubbers, silicones, plaster, alginate... practising, playing, combining with other materials such as textiles, experimenting with materials to understand their diverse possibilities and creating a product based on their process and experimentation.

Lorena Miguel is a graduate in product design from EINA (2009). Motivated by and interested in materials and working with her hands and self-production, she moved to the Netherlands in 2011, where she worked in the Nacho Carbonell studio in Eindhoven for five years, experimenting with materials and techniques and creating the pieces for the collections. She currently works as an instructor in the plastics workshop at the Design Academy Eindhoven and at the Beeldenstorm metal and glass foundry, as well as a freelancer designing and producing prototypes for RedBull and producing objects by other designers.

Experimentation with materials as a design process

Introduction to silk-screen printing

Participants on this course will be able to get a taste of the field of silk-screen printing, understand how it works and explore the many possibilities of creation offered by this technique.

Javi Fernández is a graduate in design from EINA. He is a multidisciplinary designer with a passion for graphic production, especially analogue reproduction techniques. Editor and producer of the second volume of “Yes We Print”, an edition specialising in the silk-screen printing technique, he has a close relationship with this creative tool.

Introduction to silk-screen printing


This workshop will offer students an easy and accessible introduction to drawing letters and on how to solve simple compositions with lettering. After a general introduction to the foundations of lettering, students will then work on a simple project. Using pre-set letters as a basis, they will create simple compositions for a sign with the name of a local cuisine dish, paying attention to the composition of letters, combination of styles and composition.

This workshop is suitable for any level. Beginners will find an easy way to start a simple lettering project, as they will use alphabets already designed that can be copied to learn how to construct letters that they will then be able to modify to produce their own interpretations of these letter forms. By contrast, more advanced participants will be able to focus on other aspects, such as composition and design, spacing and variations in letters. Although the mechanics of the workshop is simple, everyone will find a challenge in line with their level.

Ivan Castro was born on the outskirts of Barcelona in the late 1970s, and since he was very young he showed a rare interest in the shapes of letters, drawing Gothic lettering and the Superman ‘S’ everywhere. After studying product design at EINA, thirty years later he earns his living doing more or less the same thing, that is, calligraphy and lettering. He combines the work of his own studio in Barcelona, where he works as a calligrapher and graphic designer, with teaching and giving lectures and workshops. He is also the author of the manuals El ABC del Lettering (Campgràfic, 2017) and Lettering a tope (Larousse, 2018).


18 December 2019

EINA and Victor Papanek

Students on the EINA Bachelor’s Degree in Design present 14 projects related to the exhibition: “Victor Papanek: The Politics of Design” at an event open to the general public, led by Óscar Guayabero, on 19 December from 6 pm to 8 pm in Room A of the Barcelona Design Museum. All of the work will be on display in the museum until 2 February.

The group of students has produced the projects based on two briefs proposed by the museum:

  • “The Museum according to Papanek”. Work by 2nd-year students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, in the Design Culture Projects 3 subject, led by Tània Costa: Josep Rojas, Mar Lozano, Nela Domenech and with the collaboration of MURAD student Fayna Nieves and former EINA student Jordi Blasi.

  • “Playing with Papanek”. Work by 2nd-year students on the Bachelor’s Degree in Design, in the Product Design Projects 3 subject, led by Javier Nieto: Irene Alcazar, Milan Lluís Arau, Alissa Arends, Eloi Arnal, Sonia Bragulat, Laura Buján, Yuan Cui, Martina Durán, Guillem Hernández, Clara Isern, María Emilia Jarrín, Jiale Liu, Zarah Mommaert, Eliseu Poch, Hanna Schüler, Gerard Sesplugues, Paula Tañá, Juanma Valencia

Nela Domenech
5 December 2019

EINA School - Formation for students of Baccalaureate or Formative Cycles

EINA offers schools and institutes the possibility of complementing their Baccalaureate or Formative Cycles studies with educational programmes, which are carried out free of charge. You just should reserve a place at comunicacio@eina.cat.

Expressive Typography Workshop

Students will work on communication through typesetting to enhance the meaning of words.

  • Teacher: Pilar Górriz
  • Dates: every Wednesday of the month of March
  • Venue: EINA (Pg. Sta. Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)
  • Approximate duration: 90 minutes

Workshop Communicate Without Words

Students will combine two images in a way that generates new meaning.

  • Teacher: Pilar Górriz
  • Dates: every Wednesday of the month of March
  • Venue: EINA (Pg. Sta. Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)
  • Approximate duration: 60/90 minutes

Urban history talk about Barcelona

  • Teacher: Pau de Solà-Morales
  • Dates: March (date to be determined by the centre itself)
  • Venue: at the request of the interested centre
  • Approximate duration: 45/60 minutes
EINA students
4 December 2019

Information day on Eina/Idea

  • Thursday 19 December
  • From 11am to 1pm and from 4pm to 6.30pm
  • Sala Fons d'Art de EINA (2nd floor)
  • Free entrance

Eina/Idea is EINA's future programming platform and cognitive accelerator.

On Thursday 19 December will take place the second information day on this project of EINA Foundation to bring thinking about art and design beyond our comfort zones.

Eina/Idea is a think tank and artistic programming platform that will start in the spring of 2020 and will be structured in working seminars, conferences, performances and exhibitions to involve EINA students and the artistic and creative community of Barcelona in general.

The Eina/Idea programme will be made public next January, and the registration period will open in February.

2nd Information day on Eina/Idea
3 December 2019

Exhibition "Paper Emotions"

  • Opening Tuesday 10 December at 7.30pm
  • Exhibition From 10 December 2019 to 16 January 2020 (Closed from 22/12/19 to 06/01/2020, both included)
  • Schedule Monday to Saturday, from 16h to 20h
  • EINA Barra de Ferro Arts Centre (Barra de Ferro, 2, Barcelona)
  • Open to all audiences

"Paper Emotions", an exhibition that takes as its starting point the relationship between materials and emotions and is presented as an experiment translated into space, is the result of the conceptual research process based on the meaning of emotions and the particularity of the materials used in the ephemeral construction, carried out by the students of the 3rd Degree in Design of the subject of Projects 5 in Space Design, conducted by Anna Alcubierre.

This research generates a sensory exhibition discourse that is synthesized in 5 installations developed with a single family of materials: paper. Each one of them pours an emotion from the experience, the reflection or the interaction of the public.

With the collaboration of Servei Estació.

EINA - Exhibition "Paper Emotions"
2 December 2019

Talk by Tomás López Amat

  • Monday 9 December at 11.30am
  • EINA Assembly Hall (Passeig Santa Eulàlia, 25, Barcelona)
  • Open to all audiences

Tomás López Amat, designer and interior designer, stars in the third day of the cycle "Projecting Spaces 2019-2020", organized from the mention of Design of Spaces of the Degree in Design.

Trained in EINA, Tomás López will relate his projects, ideas and experiences in a talk, open to all audiences, on Monday 9 December at 11.30 am in the Assembly Hall of the university.

Tomás López Amat studied at EINA and in 2003 founded his studio, located in the DAVID Building, an old car and taxi factory, where he shares an office and some projects with the architect Gorka Marcuerquiaga.

In these 16 years of his studio's trajectory, we could highlight the diversity of themes and programmes that he has come to develop, focusing mainly on interior design and refurbishment, as well as on the design of furniture and objects in limited editions. It has also made a strategic contribution to commercial initiatives such as Cafés El Magnífico S.L., with whom it has been developing 'retail' concepts and spaces since 2010.

Tomás López Amat
© Tomás López Amat
29 November 2019

"Nixi for Children", Tatiana Sisquella Award for Social Contribution

The project “Nixi for Children” by Tomàs Lóbez, former student of EINA's Degree in Design, has won the Tatiana Sisquella 2019 prize for the social contribution of Diari Ara (Ara Newspaper).

The project, initiated by Tomàs as a Final Degree Project, is a virtual reality tool that serves to reduce pre-operative anxiety in children from 4 to 12 years old and is currently in the clinical study phase at the Germans Trias i Pujol Hospital.

The award ceremony took place within the framework of the Nit de l'ARA, held on 28 November at the Palau de la Música Catalana, which commemorates the 9th anniversary of this newspaper.

Nixi for Children
© Nixi for Children
28 November 2019

EINA and the gastronomic event: a chronology of activities

Throughout its history, EINA has taken an interest in gastronomy in the sense of its creation, rites, sensitivity, imagination and value as a social and cultural act. The following events and activities are just a few examples of this:

El Gust a la cuina (Taste in the Kitchen) (1978)

The El Gust a la cuina seminar is part of EINA’s educational offer and consists of two practical sessions held in one of the classrooms in the Casa Manuel Dolcet, adapted as a kitchen for the occasion. In these sessions, teachers Miquel Espinet, Xavier Olivé, Joan Enric Lahosa and Llorenç Torrado cook in front of the participants while discussing gastronomy and the universe around the culinary event: restaurants and staging, the performance part of the ritual of eating, the leisure component, the literary references, cooking as art, oenology, etc. They are on the front cover of the Tele/expres newspaper under the heading "They’re not teaching how to cook but focusing on gastronomy as an exercise in culture".

Cover and inside page of Tele/exprés
Cover and inside page of Tele/exprés

Gust i estil: intercanvi de sensacions (Taste and Style: exchange of sensations) (1981)

Miquel Espinet, Joan Enric Lahosa, Xavier Olivé and Llorenç Torrado coordinate a new activity linked to the world of gastronomy. The seminar consists of six themed dinners at various restaurants and venues in Barcelona, where the aim is to relate an artist’s aesthetic with a chef and their restaurant. Rafòls Casamada with the Jean Louis Neichel restaurant, Sergi Aguilar with Racó d'en Binu, Frances Artigau cooking in his own studio, Francesc Todó with l’Agut d'Avignon, Maria Girona with the Suntory Japanese restaurant, and Xavier Olivé with Montse Guillén’s M.G. As well as dinner, each session features talks, discussions or workshops with professionals from the sector, such as Montse Guillén, Ramon Cabau, Miquel Espinet and Antoni Escribà. Each dinner also has a menu illustrated by artists with a link to the school: Maria Girona, Xavier Olivé, Francesc Todó, Sergi Aguilar, Albert Ràfols and Francesc Artigau.

Menu illustrated by Xavier Olivé
Menu illustrated by Xavier Olivé.

Gust i estil: la cuina dels artistes (Taste and Style: artists’ cuisine) (1995)

To mark the end of the 2nd Catalan Cuisine Congress, artists Francesc Artigau, Josep Guinovart, Maria Girona, Xavier Olivé, Albert Ràfols Casamada and Francesc Todó illustrate the menu with sketches of the dishes created by the Restaurant Hofmann.

Josep Guinovart making the coques
Josep Guinovart making the coques.

Guino de Guinovart (2018)

With staging by Xavier Olivé at the Barcelona Design Museum, Guino de Guinovart is a gastronomic montage with coques de recapte recreated by Salvador Sauleda following the sketches that Josep Guinovart made in 1995 for the special menu to mark the end of the 2nd Catalan Cuisine Congress.

Sketches by Guino
Sketches by Guino.

28 November 2019

Sofía Aguilera, Prize of the Col·legi de Dissenyadors d'Interiors i Decoradors de Catalunya

Sofía Aguilera Jiménez has obtained the third prize of the Col·legi de Dissenyadors d'Interiors i Decoradors de Catalunya (CoDIC - College of Interior Designers and Decorators of Catalonia) for her Final Degree in Design Project "Refugio en la azotea. Espacio individual para la creación" (Rooftop shelter. Individual space for creation).

Sofia's project focuses on the creation of a place to be inspired by observing the great city, its life, its architecture... It is a refuge with exterior and interior spaces, designed for individual life, creation and contemplation.

The jury valued the innovative contribution of the project "Rooftop Shelter" on an urban space originally uninhabitable. The jury of the 21st edition of the CoDIC Final Project Awards, which were awarded on 26 November at the Antigua Fábrica Estrella Damm in Barcelona, was formed by: Carles Margarit, Vice-president of the CoDIC-Girona; Antoni Casadesús, Member representing the Consultative Council of the CoDIC; Rosa Fonts, Dean of the Col·legi Oficial de Disseny Gràfic de Catalunya (Official College of Graphic Design of Catalonia); Gemma Tost, Director of the magazine On Diseño and Marc Rivas, Head of Valentine's Pre-registration Department.